J. Daniel Pennington, MD, PhD

It’s a great privilege to return to my native Virginia to take care of cancer patients. My goal as a physician is to offer patients the highest standard of care, while putting the goals and values of the patient first.

Raised in Norfolk, I earned a BA in Biology from Harvey Mudd College. During medical school, I then performed research at the National Cancer Institute before completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge, with competitive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institute on Aging. I received my medical degree from Vanderbilt University; where I stayed on to complete a surgical intern year. I completed my radiation oncology residency at UCLA, where I served as chief resident.

My clinical interests include all aspects of adult radiation oncology including radiosurgery, brachytherapy, and external beam radiation therapy in both curative and palliative settings. I have published research and presented at national meetings on topics including advanced brachytherapy, sarcomas, brain metastases, emergency treatment of spinal metastases, and aspects of molecular oncology.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, and water sports. As a former lacrosse player at Harvey Mudd and Cambridge, I look forward to teaching the sport to my two young daughters.